This movie is first and foremost a character study of diminishment and accepting one's mortality. On that score, Ian McKellan knocks one out of the park turning in a performance that's at once broad and expansive and nuanced and delicate. The plot within which this outstanding performance takes place is less interesting and the pacing feels a bit draggy at times.
A few degrees out-of-character compared to more nuanced portrayals of "the machine with a heart" (canon and Jeremy Brett come to mind first) to an extent that slightly bothered me, though the relevance of such a comparison is easily argued against, and I wouldn't necessarily disagree. Pretty, pretty, pretty mise-en-scène, Sir Ian, and a script that does its best to hold back being silly do the legacy enough justice.
Die Figur des Sherlock Holmes wurde in den vergangenen Jahren gleich mehrfach neu erfunden. Diesmal erleben wir ihn als alten Mann auf dem Land. Der ehemlas berühmte Detektiv aus der Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), ist 93 Jahre alt... mehr auf cinegeek.de
Worth watching perhaps for Ian McKellen who can bring life and depth to even the most mediocre film. Story is totally unsurprising. Cinematography is exactly what one would expect from a British period film: as refined as it is academic. But if one feels undemanding on a Sunday rainy afternoon, then it is pretty decent.
Not so much a Sherlock movie, but a quiet little film about tying up loose ends and trading wits for wisdom in the twilight years. So without a lot of bang for your buck, this is a very heartfelt sendoff, and most of all, a great excuse to spend 100 minutes with Sir Ian Mckellen.
I love that finally most iconographic and beloved detective finds himself in real human situations,getting haunt by past,getting old,feeling lonely,his intelligence is fading that mother and son were good choice to feed the story ian mckellen was just ... I don't know what to say
Interesting high concept - an elderly genius tries to solve the mystery of his own retirement, obfuscated by dementia and guilt - but the writing isn't interesting or tricksy enough, and certainly not worthy of the great Conan Doyle stories. The performances hold it together, and the photography of the Sussex coast is stunning.
Mediocre as both character study and golden years drama, significantly less effective as mystery. It never seemed clear what tone or story interested the film the most, but it's not without its modest pleasures. To the extent that this film is successful it's because of McKellen. He's simply so facile, a brilliant technical actor who gives the film some much needed grounding.
Far from perfect, but also very far from the dull experience some people seem to be complaining about. Mr. Holmes does not deliver any thrills whatsoever, only a heartfelt story about memory, fiction and regretfulness. It does look like a made for tv movie, but a good one, with an amazing McKellen and an understated Linney. Just don't expect a Conan Doyle story.